The only HealthSouth Corp. executive convicted by a jury was sentenced to eight years in prison last week. It's the longest sentence handed out to anyone implicated in the health care company's $2.7 billion accounting fraud.

Lawyers for former vice president Hannibal "Sonny" Crumpler, who was convicted in November on charges of conspiracy and making false statements to auditors, said that they would appeal the harshness of the sentence. Prosecutors, who had asked the judge to send Crumpler to jail for 15 years, said they may appeal for the sentence's leniency.

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